Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri Detail Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu – 1,400m:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section. We will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Jiri:
Today shall be the beginning of the exciting trek to the Everest Region. We shall leave for Jiri, the beginning points of the trek. We will drive to Jiri, 187 km from Kathmandu by bus or by Jeep. The eye-catching trip to Jiri via the Araniko Highway, which links Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibet, is a beautiful one. We cross the Sun Koshi River at Lamosaghu and move ahead on the Swiss built road to Jiri. The starting point of the first Everest Expedition of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Traversing along the winding road with the views of snow clad mountains and valleys and crossing several passes we reach the beautiful hill town of Jiri. Overnight in Jiri.
Day 3: Jiri to Deurali:
Initially, we shall descend from the town of Jiri and cross the Khimti River to reach the spot of Shivalaya, a stoppage point for many trekkers. We cross forested areas and open pasture land before descending to Shivalaya. From here it's a steady climb to the top of the Deurali Pass (3000m). We cross several suspension bridges, navigating through Sherpa and Tamang villages, feel the religious vibes in the Mani walls, have a march through cultivated fields, cross a couple of passes and explore a different side of the region that very few experiences. Through the smaller settlements of Khasrubas and Mahabhi, we reach to the destination of Deurali. Overnight in Deurali.
Day 4: Deurali to Sete:
The further we move ahead in this trek the beautiful scenery we get to experience. From Deurali, it's a short walk to the Sherpa village of Bhandara, which is dotted with prayer walls and small gompas (Buddhist temples.) We traverse along the trail further and descend to the valley floor to cross the fast-flowing Likhu River. Further ahead in the rail we arrive at the riverside town of Kenja past suspension bridge and smaller settlements. The trail climbs steeply up a ridge richly forested with oak and rhododendron and through easy and steep sections that have several teahouses and shades to the destination for today, the village of Sete (2575m). One of the most remarkable spots of this village is the beautiful hilltop monastery that is worth a visit. Overnight in Sete.
Day 5: Sete to Junubesi:
The climb along the ridges of Lamjura Pass continues. This section lacks any villages, though we can find some teahouses for the facility of the trekkers. We climb through fragrant pine and oak forest that has maple, birch, magnolia, and rhododendron. We further follow trail and pass through open areas and flagstone square before we reach to the peak of the Lamjura pass (3500m). Ahead this settlement is the Sherpa country in the Everest region. Then it’s downhill again for the large Sherpa village of Junbesi before which we pass through the dense forest of Fir, pastures and hemlocks, hillsides, fields and pastures, and a ridge to get the view of Junbesi village. Further, we have a gradual descent through the terraces to the Junbesi village, one of the major settlements in the region. Overnight in Junbesi.
Day 6: Acclimatization Day at Junbesi:
Today is the Rest Day scheduled in the itinerary before we ascent further in the trail. Junbesi is marked by yellow roofed gompa and beautiful setting of the village. From here there are good views of Gauri Shankar, Number Himal, and Dudh Kunda. We shall explore the quaint settlement of Junbesi and pay a visit to the Thaktok Gompa. It is an attractive gompa adorned with prayer flags, Tibetan arts and prayer wheels beside the regular Buddhist mantras. The other place to visit is the Visitor Information Centre where trekkers get some invaluable information about the region, cultures, and traditions as well as other information. We may also hike to the Mopung valley and the nearby Sherpa village of Idinma that has Hillary school named after Sir Edmund Hillary. We trek back to the Junbesi village for our stay. Overnight in Junbesi.
Day 7: Junbesi to Nuntala:
The destination for today is the settlement of Nunthala. Today’s trek begins with the crossing of Junbesi River and navigation through the forest before we ascend up to for an hour. From this spot, we shall have breathtaking views of the Everest and other high mountains including the Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Mera Peak, and several others. Moving along the trail we pass through the settlements of Salung, Lapra, and others and reach to another larger settlement of Ringmu, a village ringed with an apple orchard, after crossing the Dudh Kunda River. The trail crosses the traksindo La (3071m) and passes through the Cheese factory before descending once again through the forest and past smaller settlements before reaching to Nuntala. Overnight in Nuntala.
Day 8: Nuntala to Khari khola Or Bupsa:
From Nuntala the descent continues to Dudh Kosi (Milk River) the largest river on the trek. After this rather steep descent, we cross a long suspension bridge adorned with prayer flags and further move on in the trail through settlements majorly populated by Sherpa and Rai community. Navigating through the terraced fields and forest, Mani walls and prayer flags the trail spreads out to the village of Khari Khola. A short trek leads us to bridge over Khari River, past which we have the view of majestic and beautiful Khumbila Mountain, the mountain after which the region of Khumbu (Everest) is named. Finally, we reach the destination for today, Bupsa. We may have stay in the Khari Khola or Bupsa.
Day 9: Khari Khola to Puiyan 0r Surke:
We have a pass or two, dense forest and majorly an uphill trek in this section of the trail. Initially, the trek passes through the settlement of Bupsa, after the view of Khumbila mountain and explores the forest mostly dominated by monkeys before we reach to Kharte. Further, on the trail, we have uphill climbed to the Khari La Pass (3145m). We have views of Gyanchung Kang and Khubila mountain from this pass. We shall carefully descend on rather a slippery trail on the way to Puiyan after crossing a small stream. We may further ascend through the ups and downs and cross another Chutok La Pass (2945m), traverse through the Dudh Koshi canyon and end this section of the trek at Surke.
Day 10: Puiyan or Surke to Phakding:
The trek past this section of our trail shall be mostly of alpine vegetation though we shall have ups and downs in the trail. We continue beside the river through forests as we pass the route leading to Lukla airport and continue on to reach to the settlement of Chheplung where we meet the main trail to Everest that comes down from Lukla. We have more trekkers from this point onwards as we move along the trail with the view of snow-clad mountains, gompas and prayer wheels and interaction with the trekkers and locals we meet on the way. After the settlement of Dukhdinma, we continue straight on to the stoppage place of Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 11: Phaking to Namche:
The trek for this section of our trail begins with a traverse through pine forest and a short climb to skip a narrow gorge before we cross a small stream and reach to the settlement of Monjo, the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. After obtaining the permit and getting the necessary information from the office of the national park we head for the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Beginning with a slight climb to Jorsale, the trail passes a waterfall. We cross the river again and continue along the trail gaining the height steadily reaching the last bridge of the day, and one of the highest of the trail and reach to the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja River. Further on, we have a one and half hour steep climb to the lively and vibrant settlement of Namche Bazaar (3440m). All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest – rhododendron, magnolia trees, and giant firs, and. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar:
This is another scheduled rest day in the itinerary. Much popular for the cultural richness and the blend of traditional and modern lifestyle, Namche Bazaar is also popular among the trekkers and mountaineers for acclimatization. Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. You can set off on a short day hike to Thame, khunde or Khumjung or relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche. These hikes to the satellite settlements of Thame and the twin settlements of Khunde and Khumjung are a rich experience. The trekkers get to explore the monastery at Khumjung, famed for the preserved skull of Yeti. The hospital and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary at Khumjung, hike to the Everest View Hotel for the magnificent view of the Everest and adjoining ranges are highlighted hikes in this region. Museum of Sherpa Culture at Namche and the abundance of souvenir shops, teahouses and places of entertainment makes the acclimatization an enriching experience. Overnight in Namche.
Day 13: Namche to Tengboche:
The trail is relatively flat and easy in the earlier trek with the view of the tallest Everest and other mountains including Ama Dablam, Lhotse Sar, Taboche, Kang Taiga and others besides the wild lives of pheasant, musk deer, Himalayan Thar in the forests as we are led up to the Kyangjuma. In the winding path that leads us ahead, we descend deep into the valley of Dudh Koshi at the settlement of Phunke Tenga intermittently through the stone steps and bridge over the torrential river. This settlement has a couple of teahouses and an army post surrounded by forests. Moving ahead in the trail we have a tough climb through the pine forests before reaching to Tengboche. A settlement with the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region and the marvelous view of several mountains, Tengboche is a cultural hotspot of the region. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 14: Tengboche to Dingboche:
We begin this section of the trek with a short, steep and muddy descent to Deboche through a forest of birches, conifers, and rhododendrons. Marvelous views of the mountains including Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse are visible from Deboche. After this picturesque scenario, we move past the long prayer Mani walls till the narrow bridge over Imja River and along the trail to the settlement of Somare where we have close up view of Ama Dablam Mountain. We move further along the Imja River through a short walk on the relatively flat section before we branch off towards the Dingboche from the trail leading to Pheriche. Then the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line before reaching Dingboche at 4240m. This settlement of Dingboche is a beautiful and small village with houses made by stone walls, cultivation of barley, buckwheat and potatoes, occupational animal husbandry and the celebration of cultural and traditional values. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 15: Dingdoche to Lobuche:
The trek on this section starts with passing the prayers stupa along the gradual path and view of the mountains including Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kongma Tse and the Nuptse besides overlooking the beautiful Pheriche village. Crossing the wooden bridge at Thugla and marveling the view of Pumori we trek the steep landscape to the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. Atop the ridge of Chupki Lhara, we find the array of stone with prayer flags to remember the mountaineers deceased on a mission to climb the Everest. We further move along into the vicinity of Everest with the view of several great peaks right in front of us while the Khumbu glacier remains hidden due to the lateral moraine. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 16: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) Everest Base camp:
An important day in the entire itinerary where we shall have the breathtaking view of the Everest from the Kala Patthar and reach to the lap of the Everest at the Everest Base Camp before which we ascend to the Gorak Shep. We start with the trek past the Italian Research Centre and along the Khumbu Glacier and climbing steeply up to the top of the Gorak Shep through the stream of Changri glacier we have the view of Kalapatthar. We proceed towards the Everest Base Camp along the new moraine route. The feeling of being close to the tallest mountain of the planet is a euphoric feeling. We then return from the lap of the tallest mountain and have overnight stay at the Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 17: Goraksep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche:
The next day we start early and ascend to the Kala Patthar to have the breathtaking view of sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. Preparation for ascending to the Kala Patthar requires preparation the previous day. We have a steady ascent to the summit of the Kala Patthar with several stoppages in between to catch our breath and take scenic pictures. We further ascent to the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by prayer flags for unbelievable Himalayan panorama. After capturing the moments, we descend to the Gorak Shep and gradually descend to the settlement of Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 18: Pheriche to Phorche:
Our return trek to shall continue along the trail that we took in our ascent towards the Everest Base Camp. We will trek down through the forests marked by rhododendron flowers in different colors as well as the juniper trees and continue on to Pangboche through the settlement of Somare. We take along the upper trail that leads us to the Pangboche monastery. We further continue along this section rich are ancient Buddhist heritages including the Tharki Gompa. Further marching along the trail, we reach the destination for today, the Phorche. This alternative section of this trail provides an insight into the less known aspect of culture and tradition of the local inhabitants. Overnight in Phorche.
Day 19: Phorse to Khumjung:
The destination for today is the beautiful village of Khumjung, also the favorite village of one of the pioneer summiteers of the Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary. Through the ups and downs along the trail, the forests and ever-changing landscape, we traverse past the gompas, prayer flags and prayer wheels and less inhabited settlements. One of the twin villages, the other being Khunde village, Khumjung is popular for an ancient monastery, the Hillary school and the hospital made by Sir Edmund Hillary. Overnight in Khumjung.
Day 20: khumjung to Lukla:
This is the last section of the trekking expedition that involves physical trekking activity. We shall descend slowly and steadily as our shaky legs battle continuously with the rough terrain of the region. Accompanied by the mighty Dudh Koshi River, we cross several suspension bridges, pass through the forests featuring rhododendron and pine trees, open plains, Sherpa settlements, and prayer wheels, prayer flags beside the view of majestic mountains in the far away distance. On arrival in Lukla, we give rest to our body after having a strenuous trek in the Everest region. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu:
Early in the morning, we fly back to Kathmandu after the strenuous yet beautiful trekking experience of more than a couple of weeks. Take rest in the hotel of your stay in Kathmandu after you reach the capital city of Nepal, the vibrant Kathmandu. Go for some souvenir shopping or explore the streets of Kathmandu if time permits. Our representative shall transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight for your further destination. We thank you for joining our team and hope to welcome you again in this beautiful country of Nepal.